The WaHu Student Apartments are a mixed-use development located just east of the University of Minnesota in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. The site is located across from the Stadium Village stop on Metro Transit’s Green Line. This prominent site location presents a unique opportunity to design a gateway building at this end of the campus that will serve as a catalyst for future transit-oriented development in this area.
The project includes retail and commercial space that fronts the public streets on the first floor. Floors two through 11 will have 313 units of market-rate rental housing which will be marketed to university students. The exterior materials will be contemporary and dynamic to animate this particular intersection, with materials such as glass, metal panels, metal siding, and cement board panels. The building’s fenestration incorporates an ample amount of glass throughout the upper floors as well as a storefront window system utilized on the ground floor of the building. The streetscape is envisioned to instill the idea of a linear promenade along the Washington Avenue and Huron Boulevard edges.
Amenities include common study areas, community rooms, outdoor courtyards and roof decks, and indoor/outdoor pool.